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I'm quite possibly into a nice stretch of good luck concerning computers and moolah, at least, the parents. One thing thats seriously being considered is the purchase of a comp to replace the current steam-powered one I currently have. Many elder users will know that I hate it with a passion, as it takes great delight in frustrating me for no apparent reason. Hugh-zaw.
However, I'm very much out of the loop. Hence, I'd like some recommendations regarding my circumstances and what the comp is likely to be used for, as well as system spec.
1) Compact/Lightweight as possible. This is going to be keeping me company at university, and its really not funny carrying a great crock thats maybe half my weight around half the country.
2) Must be upgradeable. I'm probably not going to be able to afford a new one while at uni (a near certainty, in fact) but I might stretch to the occasional upgrade; although I'm currently working on the principle of maximum outlay will mean I dont have to upgrade for several years.
3) Max power for the price,especially in the case of a laptop. I'm likely to need a high end system since A, I love gaming, and B, my degree course will likely entail the use of 3d modelling software that simply wont run on an average PC.
So yeah. Thats basically it. Laptops arent entirely out of the running, but I have to say that a desktop is more my thing as I hate using touchpads and small keyboards.
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
Ok I'll see what I can come up with. I'll try with some different ideas and the pros and cons with them.
1) The Laptop well, it's easy to carry around and can be used about anywhere, but it's a bit more expensive than than your stationary pc. Also in general everything is a bit less than on the stationary pc to save batteries and because of heat problems and you can't upgrade in the same way as an ordinary pc.
2) The Shuttle or Barebone, well it's small and easy to take with you, but requires a screen and doesn't have a battery. But you get most of the stuff you need to build a quite ok pc with it (it has a psu, motherboard and cooling in the box, just add cpu harddrive and an optical drive and you're ready to go). It can be upgraded but it's limited to it's motherboard, also they don't tend to have that many 3.5" (usually one internal and one external) and 5.25" (usually one external) slots so it's quite limited there too. But in general it can have faster cpus and memory than a laptop. (Note Chassi with built in motherboard and cooling)
3)MicroATX, well, this is the smallest standard of the old desktop towers, they're a bit larger than the other two (around 4.5kg for the chassi only), when it comes to be used everwhere it has the same drawbacks as the Shuttle/Barebone pc. But the gains are that it uses the same parts (except for the motherboard that has to be mATX size) as in a standard PC and everything can be upgrade when you feel that you have too. Also it's a bit better when it comes to 3.5" and 5.25" slots. (Note, this is only a chassi)
Now just one warning, even though you might want to put the best parts out there in these machines I wouldn't do it, I'd save the money for any future upgrades instead and go with a bit slower cpu and gfx and avoid any heat problems, because the heat are your number one enemy when putting together a small pc.
Laptops are there for lightness and mobility. But I cannot say that they are for your gaming/educational purposes.
1.) shuttle would be the most viable way to go. It is the smallest a desktop computer could possibly go? Though you may be limited to stuff ( due to the size) but you could pack what you want and bring it on the go.
2.) Any way is to say purchase the lightest case you find >.> and just go from there.
But vidkall is so correct, you can't possibly have the greatest up to date specs, on a small machine. You have to have a normal desktop computer....
or that would be xbox 360, but it isn't a pc. You have to make sure heat is great all around (find aluminum cases, they are the best and great fans/heatsinks. ) and thats pretty much all i can say.